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Easy, cheap, and will make a great addition to a Christmas tray. Or a special treat for the fam. This is also a great way to use up some vanilla wafers that are in the cabinet.
- Cover 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper; place 12 wafers 2-inches apart on each sheet.
- Heat sugar, brown sugar, cream and water in 3-quart saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Cook without stirring until temperature reaches 235°F (soft ball stage).
- Add margarine; do not stir. Cool mixture to 150°F, about 30 minutes. Add pecans and vanilla to cooled sugar mixture.
- With wooden spoon, beat 2 to 3 minutes until candy begins to thicken, but is still glossy. Quickly pour 1 tablespoonful praline mixture over each wafer. (If mixture becomes stiff, stir in a few drops water.)
- Cool pralines completely until firm; peel from waxed paper. Store in airtight container.